Algerian side ES Setif handed Orlando Pirates a boost in the Caf Confederation Cup when they thumped Nigeria’s Enyimba 3-0 in a Group A tie late on Sunday night.
The People’s Elephants endured their second defeat of the campaign after the total dismantling at the Stade 8 Mai in Setif.
Before Sunday’s games, which also saw Pirates thump visiting Al Ahli Benghazi 3-0 at Orlando Stadium, to assume top spot, Enyimba led the group after their impressive comeback in the reverse fixture a week ago.
Following Sunday’s perfect scenario, Bucs’ coach Josef Zinnbauer may be fancying the Soweto giants’ chances of staking a strong challenge for continental silverware in the Caf Confederation Cup.
“We have to focus on the next games. If you have the chance to get to the quarterfinals, then we have to do this.” Zinnbauer told the media after Sunday’s home win.
“We have a lot of work. We have not always the best performance, but in football you know it’s always the results that’s important. Sometimes you have a good performance and lose.
“It’s better to find a better situation, but we go for Africa, for South Africa. We have a chance and we want this for South Africa. We want this for the club, we want this for the supporters, we have now a chance for the next step and now our supporters are very happy.”
The weekend results left them in pole position with eight points from four of their six Group A games, and in with a very good shot at a top-two finish, and advancement to the quarterfinals.
The Nigerians remain second with six points after capitulating in North Africa while Ahli Benghazi and Setif are still in with a chance after amassing four points. Pirates host Setif at home next Wednesday before visiting Enyimba in Nigeria a week later.
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By Mthokozisi Dube